Thanks for a fun week. Now, ‘goodbye’

In Minnesota, it’s OK to have a different opinion so long as it’s not about Minnesota, or the use of Prince as a hologram.

Darren Rovell, the ESPN business reporter, got under Minnesotans’ skins this weekend when he assessed Minnesota’s standings in the Super Bowl hierarchy.

Rovell, who was in town from Tuesday through Saturday, didn’t say Minnesotans weren’t nice. He didn’t say we don’t love our children, hockey isn’t fun, merging on highways is easy, or even that Minnesota did a bad job of putting on Super Bowl LII or even that nobody showed up to experience it this year.

It’s true that the majority of media who came to the Twin Cities to cover the cold Super Bowl spent most of the week in the warm embrace of the Mall of America food court, but Rovell is right when it comes to what he actually said.

Given the choice between the warmth of, say, South Beach and the cold climate of Nicollet Mall in January, corporate America — and this week is all about corporate America — would choose to be in the warmth. And we know that’s true, too, as the departure line at the airport at this time of the year shows.

Minnesota is not on a Super Bowl circuit the way Phoenix, and New Orleans, and Miami are. The Super Bowl didn’t come to Minneapolis because Minneapolis is a fun place in winter. It came here as a payback for the politicians agreeing to a stadium shakedown that kept one of the league’s owners — in this case, the Wilfs — rolling in cash.

No matter how much fun people had this week, this was a one-off, which, ironically, is the very fact that drew some locals to events around the Twin Cities. They may not happen again.

There’s nothing wrong with that unless we live with a constant need to be validated for our choice of a home state with nothing but glowing reviews.

And let’s be honest: It is too cold here sometimes. And we like it when outsiders say it and then marvel that we live here at all. It makes us special.

To fill that need, we have Chad Johnson, the former star for the Cinncinati Bengals, who seemed to show up this week ready to hate the weather.

He bought a big winter coat (leaving the tags on so he could get his $200 back when he left on Saturday night). And found this place is OK. By Saturday morning, he left the coat in his hotel room, and went for a walk outside while proclaiming his love for Minnesota.

Let’s be clear. Minnesota did a fine job hosting the Super Bowl, such as it was; Minnesotans were the gracious hosts everyone knew they’d be. But Monday brings a big sigh of relief that everyone’s gone and left us alone until the sunlight increases and we’re able to let a different opinion slide again.

In the meantime, have a cookie and just enjoy where you live.

  • Jack

    //He bought a big winter coat (leaving the tags on so he could get his $200 back when he left on Saturday night).//

    Apparently he didn’t know he could donate it to the homeless. #passyourparka

    We will keep our cold if it returns us to a non-militarized state.

    In the event that we get another Super Bowl in my life-time, I will get out of town ahead of it and come back a week afterwards. Of course, that means we will have built yet another stadium and given the timing of those, I may be in the cold, hard ground by then.

  • Bob Sinclair

    Sorry that you all had to put up with the madness. At the same time, Im thankful that there will never be a Super Bowl in Seattle. (Open air stadium, coolish temps, and the threat of constant rain [not to mention that Boeing Field has little room for the influx of corp jets] all conspire against the corporate types, who demand their creature comforts)

    • Jack

      Actually my spouse has been lobbying to move out to Seattle. This may work to his favor. That and your fabulous soccer team. 🙂

      • My son moved out there last year. He’s not too keen on the traffic.

        • Bob Sinclair

          Oh I hear you there!! Thats why me and the missus live in drive-by-country (on the I-5 corridor south)(which is a riff on BC’s “fly-over-country”). We can take the train up to the Emerald City (or down to the Rose City) and get around that way if we so desire.

          • I keep telling him he HAS to get up to Vancouver, too…


          • Bob Sinclair

            Umm, which Vancouver?

          • Jack

            Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC is the best.

            If we do relocate, it will be in the Pacific Northwest.

          • Bob Sinclair

            You should check out Buchart Gardens in Victoria.

          • The Canadian one.

          • Bob Sinclair

            Thats good ‘cos the other one is nothing but a suburb of Portland. If he gets up there he can check out Roger’s arena (?) although ticket prices are crazy expensive. And they have a driverless transit system as well.

          • Yep, I’ve been there and found it to be a lovely city…

      • Bob Sinclair

        The alternative would be Portland, also w/a good soccer team, and also the same traffic problems. Public transit has a slight edge.

  • Postal Customer

    I’m just fine with not hosting the super bowl again. Let some other city foot the bill for the NFL’s madness. Let some other city close various streets and public transit for a month either side of the game.

    And if Darren Rovell (whoever he is) left with the impression that Minnesota is a frozen hellhole in winter, well, he’s right. Minnesotans are mad because he’s right.

    • theoacme

      I’ll take this frozen hellhole, compared to the South in summertime, when it’s 90, 70% humidity, no breeze, and no a/c…

      …heck, nobody would snuggle with Giselle Bundchen under those conditions…but she and Tom Brady can stop at the alpaca store at the Mall of America, get some soft and warm woolies, and stay nice and comfy in a Minnesota winter like this… 😉

      • Rob

        You make the opportunity to sleep comfortably in the nude sound like a bad thing.

        • theoacme

          I don’t care if the entire Swedish bikini team showed up at my door with massive carnal intent, when it’s 90 degrees, with 70% relative humidity, and no air conditioning, not even Glenn Miller and a little brown jug could get me into the mood…90 degrees with no AC, I can’t get comfortable, no matter what, or what not, I’m wearing…

          …and alpaca woolie rugs are very comfortable to be nude on with someone that one loves, by a fireplace, so I’ve heard 🙂

          • Jack Ungerleider

            Shouldn’t there be Moonlight Serenade reference in there somewhere?

          • X.A. Smith

            “massive carnal intent”

            so good

  • Rob

    Can’t say I give a rat’s heinie about anything having to do with the Stupor Bowl. Living as I do in the quaint and quiet Minneapolis neighborhood of St. Paul, I’m well away from the craziness, thank the gods.

    Corporate America has lots of faults, but not wanting to hang in sucktastic weather seems eminently sensible to me. Cold weather doesn’t build character, it just makes you wish all the harder for spring to be here. Gotta go – need to book my plane ticket to Arizona for next week…

  • KTFoley

    At the Luminary Loppet last night. I was thinking about how glad I am to be wrong (so far) in October 2017’s cynical weather forecast for our winter events.

    The Loppet sponsors have had a great weekend of cross-country ski events. The St Paul Winter Carnival’s ice and snow sculptures – and the castle – are still standing. The Crashed Ice event went off as always despite the balmy temperatures. The Super Bowlers got their Bold North/Winter Wonderland imagery, yet the weather will be clear enough for everyone to head home tomorrow as planned.

    We’re almost done with the visit and sure, the visitors are exclaiming about something that the state is actually proud of. Let ’em! They’ll be gone tomorrow.

    If Minnesota wants another Super Bowl, I vote for winning the event rather than hosting it.

  • jon

    We got short memories.

    Give it 26 years and the NFL will be back… In what ever new stadium we’ve constructed to replace the current one…

  • Jack

    In case you missed it, the U of MN Marching Band (Pride of Minnesota) was part of the halftime show.

    The band always wins!

  • Probably dropped off passenger in St. Paul and parked it in New Richmond. Great airport there.

  • KTFoley

    In other news, ten days ’til pitchers and catchers report. 🙂